The Adam’s County Planning Commission denied the Front Range Pipeline at 2 a.m. on Friday July 12, 2013, in Brighton, Colo. The meeting began at 6 p.m. on Thursday July 11, 2013 where people for and primarily against the Front Range Pipeline gave their insights and opinions. Unions such as the Pipefitters and anti-fracking organizations such as Colorado Extraction Resistance were also in attendance. The proposed Front Range Pipeline, which is being developed by Enterprise Products Partners, Anadarko Petroleum Corporation and DCP Midstream will be 435 miles in length beginning near Greeley in Weld County, Colo. and ending in Skellytown in Carson County, Texas. Front Range Pipeline LLC states that benefits of the pipeline would include jobs, revenue, increased local commerce, and that landowners will be compensated.
Rick Blake, Director of Right of Way for Enterprise Products Pipeline spoke about permits, route options for the pipeline and how the pipeline may go through people’s properties. Blake declined to provide safety records about injuries, leaks, explosions, and spills.
When the public hearing was opened up to the public many residents expressed concerns regarding safety and property rights. One resident explained that she had been bullied from her land by Front Range Pipeline while others were concerned about the environmental impact the pipeline would have. Dennis Stiles, president of the Western Ranchers Alliance, who has six pipelines throughout his property in Durango explained that he has experienced problems with safety and environmental issues on his property. Stiles gave examples of three clean air violations and ten discharge of pollutant violations, stating “eight of which are violations of the clean water act.” Stiles ended his comments by posing the question, “What is a lifetime bomb worth to you in your backyard where your kids ride their bicycles?”
In recent fracking news, the journal Science found that hydraulic fracturing pumping can cause small earthquakes. Fracking creates large amounts of wastewater, one to seven million gallons of water are typically used for a fracking well. Director of “Gasland” and “Gasland Part II” Josh Fox was on Democracy Now on July 12, 2013, where he explained that methane from fracking wells often migrates into resident’s water wells.
Fox explained that at an oil and gas conference, PR spokesperson for Anadarko explained that oil and gas companies should download the counterinsurgency manual. Fox went on to explain that it is a “300-odd-page book about […] how to deal with an insurgency in Iraq and Afghanistan. These are terms of war, and it was very, very shocking to see that.”
Fox detailed about how people fighting against fracking are being deemed ecoterrorists by the Department of Homeland Security and labeled as insurgents by some Petroleum companies explaining:
audio that was recorded by a blogger named Texas Sharon, working for Earthworks, who was at an oil and gas industry conference where they were discussing all the bad PR that they were getting and how to counter it. And what they go on to do is explain how they’re using former PSYOPs officers, psychological operations officers, who were newly coming back from Iraq and Afghanistan, to write local laws, to develop techniques to divide local landowners.
The next meeting about the Front Range Pipeline will be the commissioner meeting scheduled on July 29, 2013.